New guidelines for Malvern Hills councillors

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NEW guidelines telling members of Malvern Hills District Council what their duties and responsibilities have been adopted by members.

The written role descriptions will help new members find their feet when they are elected and inform the public about what they can expect from their councillors.

There are separate descriptions for the chairman and vice-chairman, leader and deputy leader, portfolio holders and assistant portfolio holders, executive committee members and rank-and-file councillors

Paul Swinburn, the council's deputy leader, said: "I remember joining this council and saying 'what do we do?' This will make it clear to newly-appointed members and prospective candidates."

But not all councillors approved the move. Cllr Dean Clarke said: "I wonder if we should rename our executive committee the Politburo. Whoever produced this report had too much time of their hands. We're not the employees of the council or even of the electorate. I would say that we consign this report to the appropriate receptacle for the devil's work, to the waste-paper bin."

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10:42pm Wed 5 Mar 14

CJH says...

"We're not the employees of the council or even of the electorate" Not the council maybe, but yet another councillor who doesn't know that they work for us, the people who elect them! What an arrogant and patronising attitude. Perhaps being called 'rank and file' has dented his ego.
"We're not the employees of the council or even of the electorate" Not the council maybe, but yet another councillor who doesn't know that they work for us, the people who elect them! What an arrogant and patronising attitude. Perhaps being called 'rank and file' has dented his ego. CJH
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12:42am Thu 6 Mar 14

Jabbadad says...

Qute afew years back the Worcester City and County Councils were challenged in the paper to adopt an Oath of aligence that warwickshire Councillors do as to acting in a manner of honesty and good service to the voters. there was a deathly silence here. Which of course has become apparent.
Qute afew years back the Worcester City and County Councils were challenged in the paper to adopt an Oath of aligence that warwickshire Councillors do as to acting in a manner of honesty and good service to the voters. there was a deathly silence here. Which of course has become apparent. Jabbadad
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8:45am Thu 6 Mar 14

sarah and her chickens says...

I was sittibg behind Cllr Clarke at that meeting and that is not what he said. He did get called a bean counter by Cllr Cheesman for voting against the pay rises. He did say that the electorate can choise councillors and that job descriptions are not needed.
In the job descriotion it says that Cllrs must be supportive to council. So my interpretation of that is that if theleaders want something councillors must agree. So not representing the residents. That is what Cllr Clarke I think objected to .
Hughes and Swineburn creating a dictatirship.
I was sittibg behind Cllr Clarke at that meeting and that is not what he said. He did get called a bean counter by Cllr Cheesman for voting against the pay rises. He did say that the electorate can choise councillors and that job descriptions are not needed. In the job descriotion it says that Cllrs must be supportive to council. So my interpretation of that is that if theleaders want something councillors must agree. So not representing the residents. That is what Cllr Clarke I think objected to . Hughes and Swineburn creating a dictatirship. sarah and her chickens
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10:55am Fri 7 Mar 14

liketoknow says...

and there's me thinking they already knew what to do before they got elected!
and there's me thinking they already knew what to do before they got elected! liketoknow
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